Re: [rootsradicals] Re: Poor handling with an xtracycle
- On 2007-06-13, at 11:49 AM, sunny keach wrote:
> My biggest beef about the freeradical are the wide loaders, I carryDitto for the footsies. Weirdest thing is, it hurts like hell when
> my kids and big stuff all the time and leave them mounted most of
> the time, at first I would get my foot caugt under them on my push
> off, mangling my heel or ankle. ouch!! especially up hills or fully
you do it, but so far, no lasting ill effects. (I run the footsie
tube right up my Achilles tendon.)
> I can't ride no-hands with my extracycle, it feels too long to do it,I've learned on quite a few different bikes, and there is definitely
> I have to figure out how to recalibrate or something.
a period of adjustment. The xtracycle was a little harder because
the handling changes with each load. I couldn't tell you if it was
more or less skitzy than the other bikes; the combo of longer
wheelbase and more load on the front wheel is quite different.
- I've learned the bunny hop = front wheel off the ground trick, but its still not that smooth graceful move you can do on a regular bike.my convert is to a Cannondale F900 with a headshok, its more like ridding a tandem without the stoker.im fine with it for what it is.as to wide loaders....it seems to me the obvious answer is to make the wide loaders foldable.folded up when not in usefolded down, when in use.lawn chair styleX-wingsomething along those linesto be honest...my Xtra sits alotmost of my stuff can be handled with the Pug and its panniers.every so often i need the Xtra, but its rare these days.on the tanget of Bike Life and Simplificationmostly i run around these days with a large messenger bag.peace...dOn Jun 13, 2007, at 9:08 AM, David Chase wrote:
I've got an xtracycle attached to a kona kilauea and haven't had any
problems with handling at all. Currently, I've got suspension forks on the
front, but have also used it with rigid Project 2's with no handling issues.
Weight on the back doesn't improve handling at all. Over a certain weight -
around 30kg - the handling gets understandably less certain. The only
benefit I've found with having a load on the back is on slippery surfaces,
where it helps reduce rear wheel spin.
Sounds a bit obvious, but have you checked your headset/stem?
>From: Jason Farlette <jfarlette@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [rootsradicals] Poor handling with an xtracycle
>Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 16:52:10 +0000
>I just put an xtracycle on an early nineties Kona Explosive with a rigid
>fork. This frame was built before front suspension was the norm so it was
>designed for a rigid fork. Adding the xtracycle has turned a nice handling
>bike into a tank. The front end seems overloaded now. I have yet to haul
>a heavy load - does the handling improve when the back is weighted more? I
>am surprised I have not heard anyone else complain about the the loss of
>handling - maybe I am too picky?
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- my X is mounted on a 2006 Kona smoke, which is all rigid. I havent
had any handling problems at all. I think mine rides great with the X
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>rigid fork. This frame was built before front suspension was the norm
> I just put an xtracycle on an early nineties Kona Explosive with a
so it was designed for a rigid fork. Adding the xtracycle has turned
a nice handling bike into a tank. The front end seems overloaded
now. I have yet to haul a heavy load - does the handling improve when
the back is weighted more? I am surprised I have not heard anyone
else complain about the the loss of handling - maybe I am too picky?
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